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Krauser, Pitt fall short of championship

NEW YORK - Carl Krauser did everything he could to help No. 15 Pitt win its second Big East tournament title.

He couldn't overcome tournament MVP Gerry McNamara.

Krauser fell just short in his hometown as the Panthers lost to McNamara's Syracuse Orange 65-61 on Saturday night in the Big East final.

"I'm not satisfied to get all the way to the championship game and lose," said Krauser, who grew up in the Bronx.

Krauser scored 16 points, including a 3-pointer with 7.7 seconds remaining that got Pitt to 63-61, but the Panthers could get no closer.

"Everything felt right," Krauser said. "I'm going to walk out of here thinking we should have won this game."

Krauser, who made the all-tournament team, was the first Pitt player to have over 1,500 points, 500 assists and 500 rebounds. He averaged 13.8 points and 4.8 assists in the four games.

He was impressed with McNamara.

"I can definitely appreciate him," Krauser said. "I'm happy for him. He made a tough shot and led his team the way he's supposed to."

Krauser has led his team all season. He became the sixth player in school history to surpass 100 victories in his career and was the team's top scorer at 15.0 points.

Even when he was sitting on the bench, Krauser was trying to rile up the few Pitt fans in attendance as the Panthers rallied from a 44-34 deficit midway through the second half to take a 48-47 lead with 8:34 left.

Pitt has been to the championship game in three of Krauser's four seasons. The Panthers won the title in 2003 - his freshman year - beating Connecticut 74-56.

Now he'll try and lead his team to a deep run in the NCAA tournament.